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*Obama to seek common ground with Putin on Syria. President Barack Obama will seek the help on Monday of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Syria's most powerful ally, to bring Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table and end a two-year civil war.
*Nikkei, Topix both rise 2.7 pct as bargain hunters pick up battered names. TOKYO, June 17- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped 2.7 percent and recovered the 13,000- mark on Monday, as stocks such as exporters caught in the recent market rout bounced on bargain-buying.
*Fed policy meet on June 18-19. *India gold volumes drop, China still strong. SINGAPORE, June 17- Gold fell on Monday as Asian shares reversed early losses and investors waited for a U.S.
HONG KONG, June 17- China shares fell on Monday, weighed down by weakness in the property sector ahead of the release of May home price data on Tuesday. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings slipped 0.5 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index closed down 0.3 percent at 2,156.21 points.
June 17- Apple received over the last six months between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. law enforcement authorities relating to criminal investigations and national security matters, the company said on Monday.
LONDON, June 17- The Co-operative Group said on Monday that it had agreed a plan with Britain's financial regulator to plug a capital shortfall of 1.5 billion pounds at its banking unit. Co-op said it agreed a comprehensive plan to generate capital and provide stability for the Co-operative Bank.
LONDON, June 13- Just as a month-long stock market rout seems to have further trashed the concept of a "Great Rotation" from bonds into equities, evidence is emerging that institutional investors may have already begun such a shift.
SHANGHAI, June 14- China's yuan hit its highest level in almost two weeks on Monday after the central bank set its daily midpoint at a record high, but traders said dollar demand is strong and expect little further appreciation in the near term.
MADRID, June 17- Telefonica said on Monday it had not received any indication of interest from AT&T, following a Spanish newspaper report that the government had halted a 70 billion-euro offer from the U.S. company.
TOKYO, June 17- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped 2.7 percent and recovered the 13,000- mark on Monday, as recently battered stocks such as exporters bounced on bargain hunting. The Nikkei gained 346.60 points to 13,033.12 after trading as low as 12,549.82 earlier on the back of weak U.S. stocks on Friday.
PARIS, June 17- European stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, with shares set to extend Friday's tentative rebound, although gains were seen capped ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later this week. At 0603 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for UK's FTSE 100, for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were up 0.2-0.3 percent.
HONG KONG, June 17- Daily average trading volume of yuan in Hong Kong jumped to a record in May, exceeding the volumes of Hong Kong dollars for the first time ever, indicating the yuan's growing importance in international trade.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, June 17- It may be too early to start beating the drums of victory for free-market capitalism, but there are signs that China is stepping back from attempts to control the iron ore market.
SINGAPORE, June 17- Brent crude futures traded below $106 a barrel on Monday, as worries over bulging U.S. inventories and soft global demand forecasts overshadowed supply concerns tied to Middle East tensions.
*Huijin's A-share purchase lifts NCI, Everbright Bank. HONG KONG, June 17- Hong Kong shares, which have fallen the past five weeks, started the new one on a positive note as buyers in search of short-term gains came into battered counters.
June 17- Starboard Value LP, a large activist investor in Smithfield Foods Inc, is pressuring the company to explore a break-up rather than go ahead with a planned $4.7 billion takeover by a Chinese meat producer, the Wall Street Journal reported.
*Fed policy meet on June 18-19. *India gold volumes drop, China still strong. SINGAPORE, June 17- Gold held steady in Asian trading on Monday as investors awaited indications from a key U.S.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.5 pct, Nikkei advances 1.2 pct. *Copper rises on short covering after steep weekly losses. "Market players both domestic and overseas are taking a wait-and-see stance," said Kim Young- il, a market analyst at Daishin Securities, of South Korean shares which traded nearly flat but hovered near a seven-month low hit last week.
TOKYO/ SYDNEY, June 17- The yen eased slightly on Monday on resilience in Japanese stocks, but stayed not far from a two-month high against the dollar and euro, as investors looked to when and how the U.S.
*Deal partners include Li-controlled CKI, Power Assets, Li Ka Shing Foundation. HONG KONG, June 17- Cheung Kong Ltd, controlled by Asia's richest man Li Ka- shing, said it will buy Dutch waste processing firm RAV Water Treatment I B.V. for 943.68 million euros, in an overseas expansion drive that has targeted infrastructure assets offering steady recurring income.